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V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016
Composer Howard Wulkan (center) and friends
Courtesy StarFire PR


New Mexico Statewide Call for Entries

Winning choirs to be featured in Theme Song for Global Documentary Scored by Film Composer Howard Wulkan

August 4, 2016, Albuquerque, NM – Cinder Cone Media Worldwide and The LAB Recording Studio announce a statewide “call-to-entry” for a New Mexico children’s choir to be featured on the theme song to the upcoming highly-anticipated documentary film CORNERSTONE.

CORNERSTONE, written and directed by Debi Lang of Caring For the World Films, is the story of CNN Hero of the Year Jackson Kaguri’s mission to create the NYAKA AIDS ORPHAN PROJECT. It was inspired by his vision to transform his village in Uganda that was ravaged by the epidemic.

Wulkan, who was tapped to compose the original score and sound design for the film, brought in Portland, OR-based Ben Wuamett, founder of alt-folk band EZRA BELL, to co-write and sing the theme song for CORNERSTONE.

“My vision is to combine the modern singing and songwriting style of Ben Wuamett with Ugandan instrumentation AND a traditional hymn approach, choir-and-all,” said Wulkan. “I’m looking for something special; something unique. The finished piece will be included in the film and accompanying soundtrack.”

Call for submissions are open to children’s choirs ages 6-14 and can come from houses of worship, schools, clubs, community centers and any other organizations that are globally-minded. Cinder Cone encourages all participants to submit links of their best performances (video you tube link OR audio mp3).

Submissions will be open through 8/14. The public is invited to vote for their favorite finalist via the Cinder Cone Worldwide Facebook Page starting on 8/15 and ending on 8/21. The winner will be announced on Monday, 8/22 and the official recording will take place at The LAB Recording Studio in Albuquerque on Sunday, 8/28. To learn more about submissions, rules, requirements and compensation details, please visit www.cinderconeworldwide.com.

Cinder Cone Media Worldwide is A Conscious Media Company owned by Howard & Lainie Wulkan. Cinder Cone utilizes the power of media to effect change in the world and is the umbrella organization for Cinder Cone Records, The LAB Recording Studio, Zeta Global Radio and Cinder Cone Events. For more information, visit www.cinderconeworldwide.com and the Cinder Cone Worldwide Facebook page.

V.18 No.42 | 10/15/2009


The Hoot Smalley Report #6: Tom Ortenberg

Here is a person of interest that the filmmakers of New Mexico might want to emulate in some kind of way.

Tom Ortenberg, a Lionsgate Veteran and recent expatriate of the Weinstein Co., has decided to launch an independent production company that will finance films up to the magic number of $ 5 million (sounds familiar) and provide a multitude of other services ranging from consulting to distribution. Why is this so interesting and so sad at the same time?

It’s interesting because the individual is providing a business model for independent productions to actually be viable economic entities. It’s sad because Mr. Ortenberg has decided to set up shop in Santa Monica as opposed to a locale in New Mexico.

Mr. Ortenberg might utilize the studios and the work force here locally at some point in the future, because New Mexico is not his home base and does not have a claim for taxation on his business. The state of New Mexico needs this type of revenue to keep the film industry strong here.

Santa Fe and Albuquerque alone have already invested so much money in their studios, and the state as a whole has invested a significant amount more in terms of training and education; if we don’t find a way of attracting these high dollar independents to take root here, then we will have wasted millions of tax dollars on a pipe dream.

Folks, we are past the point of no return on this issue in terms of making Santa Fe and Albuquerque Studio Cities. (This is an industry term that basically regards a town or city as being on the same level as New York or L.A. in regards to filmmaking in general.) If we turn back now we will lose more than we could ever hope to recoup, leaving us with a Gross Loss of revenue and assets.

H.B. 634, the bill sponsored by our new Mayor-Elect R.J. Berry, would be a good means by which we could establish our own Independent Film Community and lead to more jobs and a better rate of collectible taxes. This along with a collective entrepreneurial might actually help to pull us out of our current economic slump (which, truth to tell, wouldn’t take much; as last I checked the current unemployment rate for New Mexico is at an incredibly low 7.5% +/- 0.2% –, well below the national average) and create a more stable film industry overall.